Posts Tagged ‘Scottish Labour’

There are better things to be doing than playing the patriot game

by Stephen Low.

“To these ends we work for the patriotic interest of the people of Scotland” runs part of a suggested new aims and values statement (Clause 4 – renumbered from Clause 2 for marketing purposes) that we are being asked to endorse at Scottish Conference in March. As a party and a movement we can do […]

Scottish Labour’s Clause 4 moment – socialism and patriotism

by Dave Watson.

Well that’s the Scottish leadership election over. There was at least a real debate about ideas and strategy and Neil Findlay’s campaign ensured that we didn’t get the coronation the system usually delivers. Neil also delivered ideas of substance and generated energy amongst party members that I haven’t seen for a long time. From Jim […]

Jim Murphy and saving Scottish Labour

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The victories of Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale in the Scottish Labour leadership elections have invited much comment. Some of it warm and friendly, but a great deal not. Indeed, soon after Saturday’s results were announced obituaries (like this) have been pouring in from the left. True, many who are so minded wish Scottish Labour […]

Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale win the election but not the popular vote

by Jon Lansman.

The media and the bookies predicted a Murphy and Dugdale victory and that is what they eventually got, by a margin that, on the surface at least, looked comfortable. What they appear not to have won is the popular vote – I say appear because no figures have been released on actual numbers voting nor even […]

Katy Clark to stand for deputy leadership of Scottish Labour

by Jon Lansman.

Katy Clark, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran since 2005, announced today that she was intending to seek nominations for the deputy leadership of the Scottish Labour Party following the resignation of Anas Sarwar under pressure from Jim Murphy in order to deflect criticism of the prospect of  Westminster MP being elected as leader of […]

Support Neil Findlay’s campaign to lead Scottish Labour in pursuit of social justice

by Jon Lansman.

Neil Findlay, shadow cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing in the Scottish parliament, today announced that he will stand for the Leadership of the Scottish party. Neil can expect the support of many on the centre-left of the party and within the trade unions in the expected contest with Westminster MP Jim Murphy from the […]

Murphy as leader would destroy Scottish Labour. Only one from the Left can save it

by Jon Lansman.

The Labour Party is in “complete meltdown” in Scotland says the SNP’s leader-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon, adding “the scale of the infighting between Scottish Labour and Labour at Westminster is exposed for all to see.” And she’s not wrong. Scottish Labour is about to have a debate about its direction and very soul, a debate that profoundly affects the […]

Labour must outflank the SNP from the Left

by Neil Findlay.

This article was written prior to the resignation of Johann Lamont and is reposted here because it is a clear political statement by someone who many on the Left in Scotland would like to see as the next leader of Scottish Labour, and covers the same ground as Neil’s speech to the Campaign for Socialism conference […]

As Lamont resigns, only the independent voice of Scottish Labour can win

by Jon Lansman.

Johann Lamont’s resignation this morning opens up the possibility of a new future which Scottish Labour desperately needs. Its ver survival is at stake. It is an opportunity to declare the independence of Scottish Labour from Westminster, which it must do if it can again lead the Scottish people to a future that is in […]

I voted Yes, but I won’t be joining the SNP

by Guest.

I am a Labour Party member who voted Yes in the independence referendum, but I won’t be joining the SNP or any other party. I voted Yes for a complex array of reasons and it was a close call. Partly out of despair over Westminster politics, not just current Tory policies, I expect them to […]

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